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Tips for Going Green

Here are some tips to make your life a little greener:

1. Plant a Tree Visit www.americanforests.org where every dollar plants a tree! Healthy trees and forests filter water, remove air pollution, sequester carbon, and provide homes for wildlife.

2. Reduce Junk Mail See www.41pounds.org for more information. Our staff tried this and our mailboxes are empty except for the bills!

3. Take a Shorter Shower In doing so, you will save water and energy used for heating, which reduces carbon dioxide emissions.

4. Drop Off Your Old Batteries at CTS We have a drop box that we empty at Ikea. This will especially please our local surfers who will be exposed to less acidic runoff in the ocean from batteries that are thrown away.

5. Stop Adding Waste Instead of using a paper or plastic cup, invest in a mug or plastic water bottle and use it throughout the day.

6. Purchase a Canvas Bag or Two Bring it to the grocery store to avoid using excess plastic or paper bags. Some parts of Europe now require this!

7. Change a Light Bulb By replacing a standard bulb with a compact fluorescent one, you will get more light for less money, all while saving a lot of energy.

8. Change Cleaners In 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers. In a May 2002 study of contaminants in nation-wide stream water samples, the U.S. Geological Survey found persistent detergent metabolites in 69% of streams tested. Switch to biodegradable cleaners! Costco stocks awesome eco-friendly laundry soap, among other things.

9. Avoid Fast Food Most fast food is over packaged and most fast food companies are responsible for producing mountains of trash. AND, your body will thank you!

10. And finally, RECYCLE MORE!

Nikki Cohen, DPT joined the CTS family in 2006. She first received her Bachelor of Science degree from California State University of Northridge in May 2002 in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. Nikki then received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in 2005. She grew up and spent her life in Los Angeles until she moved to San Diego in March 2006.